The driver who killed two motorcyclists in Portneuf last July had a blood alcohol level almost double the legal limit at the time of the tragedy.
Martine Linteau was about to buy another bottle of wine when she cut off the motorcycle of Samuel Lacoursière, 38, who died instantly.
His passenger, 31-year-old Audrey Michaud, also died from her injuries.
The violent collision occurred on the Côte Joyeuse when the resident of Saint-Raymond failed to negotiate a curb to avoid hitting motorcyclists heading in the opposite direction.
The driver of a car collided with a motorcycle.
A re-enactor estimated his speed between 100 and 106 km/h, while the limit allowed in this area is 70 km/h.
Upon seeing the impact and the condition of the victims, the witnesses who called 911 immediately informed the authorities that it was a fatal collision.
A paramedic intervened with Martine Linteau, who was still behind the wheel of her SUV, immobilized on the ground.
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The wrecked car of Martine Linteau in Saint-Raymond
When the paramedic asked if he was okay, the 61-year-old man replied:
Yes, but I’m drunkaccording to the facts reported by the prosecutor, Me Valérie Bélizaire-Joseph.
After this collision, which happened in the afternoon, Martine Linteau repeated:
I was very drunk, I drank, my blood alcohol.
During his interrogation at the Quebec courthouse, he confirmed that he had drunk a bottle of wine before the events.
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I am Valérie Bélizaire-Joseph, prosecutor from the office of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions.
He said that he had a drinking problem since the death of his two brothers. For five years, he continued, he drank one liter of wine every day starting at 10 in the morning.
Martine Linteau tried to stop her addiction during four therapies, but in vain.
During his meeting with the investigators, he was going approximately 60 km/h when he hit the motorcycle of the victims.
In addition to showing that the driver was driving faster, the investigation found that he did not exert even the slightest pressure on the brake pedal.
Family members of the victims came to see Martine Linteau confess her guilt. Some of them will testify during the observation of the sentencing, which will take place next May.
Martine Linteau, who has no criminal record, was detained pending legal proceedings after her request to be released to undergo therapy was rejected. Me Julie Bégin defended him.